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Friday, August 17, 2007

Obese Can't Adopt. What??

What is wrong with people? Do we not live in a society that is supposed to see all men created equal? I just saw this story on the internet and it made me really sad for this country’s future. How many children out there are in foster homes or group homes and have no one willing to adopt them? Gary Stocklaufer and his wife want to adopt their cousin’s child but have been barred because he is obese. Apparently the judge even told them that he didn’t believe Gary would live to be over 63-years-old. This is disgusting. There are NO guarantees in this life. My dad was only 46-years-old when he died. Does that mean he should never have been allowed to be a father? Now Gary is going to undergo gastric bypass in an effort to lose weight so he can be eligible to adopt. Why must he jump through that kind of hoop? Also, he and his wife have been foster parents for years. They’re good enough to be foster parents but not adoptive parents? I just don’t understand how people can think that leaving the baby in foster care is better than letting a loving family adopt him. You can read about it here and here.


Blogger M said...

This absolutely broke my heart when I saw it on the news. I also like how he's already licensed as a foster parent and adopted years ago. Suddenly he's not good enough? What about the best case for the child? even IF the guy only lives until 63...he's got at least another 10-20 years depending on his age? (I'm guessing he's early 40's though by his look). Good grief. Because he COULD develop health issues. So does this mean people who already suffer from the conditions he COULD get should be barred as well? Oh. Ridiculous. Outrageous. And infuriating.

2:28 PM  
Blogger Beagle said...

At least two international adoption programs have this requirement as well, and you need to have a high enough net worth. It's sad that these rules barr some great people from becoming parents.

3:59 PM  
Blogger KitKat said...

Yeah this makes no sense. An obese person can still be a great parent. Well I hope that his surgery will go well and he and his wife will end up with the child in the end.

2:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Very sad! My dad was only 50 when he died and he was not obese!

On a happier note, it seems like you are doing well. You have such a cutie! :)

Miss X

2:24 PM  

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